Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) defended the intelligence of controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) during a Saturday afternoon appearance on CNN.
"Congressman, I have to ask you about this crazy conspiracy theory that is gaining some serious momentum, alleging that the FBI orchestrated the January 6th attack on the Capitol," CNN's Jim Acosta said. "What do you say to some of your Republican colleagues, people like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar (R-AZ), they're the ones that are spreading this craziness."
"We have a responsible of debunking this foolishness. Nobody believes that, they don't believe that. They just feel that this is one way to rile people up," Clyburn said.
"I believe some people do believe it, congressman, candidly and respectfully, sir, I do think some of them believe it," Acosta said.
"Well, I respect your position on that, but I've been in this country a long time — next month I'm going to celebrate my 81st birthday — and I can tell you, they really don't believe it," the House Majority Whip said. "They think it's a tool they can use to separate people. They know better than that."
"Marjorie Greene, whatever he name is, she really does not believe that stuff she's saying. She is saying the stuff she thinks will rile people up, because they really would love to see this country, the people, turn against each other," Clyburn said.
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New information is coming to light on one of the most ridiculous of the conspiracy theories Trump supporters pushed as part of the "Big Lie" that sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
"Late last December, as President Donald Trump pressed senior officials to find proof of election fraud, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows emailed acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen a letter detailing an outlandish theory of how an Italian defense contractor had conspired with U.S. intelligence to rig the 2020 presidential contest. The letter, which was among records released by Congress this past week, was printed under the letterhead of USAerospace Partners, a little-known Virginia aviation company. In early January, a second Virginia firm, the Institute for Good Governance, and a partner organization released a statement from an Italian attorney who claimed that a hacker had admitted involvement in the supposed conspiracy theory," The Washington Post reported Saturday.
"According to the conspiracy theory known as 'Italygate,' people working for the Italian defense contractor, in coordination with senior CIA officials, used military satellites to switch votes from Trump to Joe Biden and swing the result of the election," the newspaper explained. "Though her name was not mentioned in either document, both Virginia organizations are led by Michele Roosevelt Edwards, according to state corporate filings reviewed by The Washington Post. Edwards is a former Republican congressional candidate who built a reputation as an advocate for the Somali people and as someone who could negotiate with warlords and pirates in the war-torn region. Edwards was formerly known as Michele Ballarin but changed her name last year, court records show. In 2013, The Post's magazine explored how Edwards, once a struggling single mom, had reinvented herself as a business executive and then as a well-connected horse-country socialite who cultivated ties with senior Somali officials."
The newspaper explained how she sat for an interview with Icelandic National Broadcasting Service the day after the election at a $30 million mansion and claimed it was hers.
"This is my bedroom," she said.
"But [the mansion] was then — and is now — owned by a company formed by David B. Ford, a retired financier who died in September. Ford's widow said in an interview that she did not know Edwards. The Post showed her the footage of Edwards inside the property," the newspaper noted.
"She's in my house," the widow said. "How is she in my house?"
Edwards declined to comment.
"I am not giving media interviews at this time," she said.
'Mass Casualty Incident' after F-150 runs over bicyclists in Arizona — driver shot by police: report
Authorities in Arizona responded to a "Mass Casualty Incident" on Saturday.
"Police say six people were seriously injured after they were run over by a truck driver in Show Low Saturday morning," ABC 15 reports. "Show Low police say a black Ford F-150 truck struck several bicyclists in front of the Horne Auto Collision Center during the Bike the Bluff event this morning."
Police say the suspect, a 35-year-old white man, fled the scene, but was later shot and apprehended by police.
"Six people were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Four are in critical condition and two are critical but in stable condition," the network reported. "Police said two others were injured in the crash and went to the local hospital as walk-ins."
The suspect is reportedly in "critical but stable condition."
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